Persevere

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Dying leads to new life…every time.

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Listen to my song “You’ll Lead Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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Matthew 28:8-10

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to the disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

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All four gospels in the bible identify Mary Magdalene alone or as a member of a larger group of women to be the first to witness the resurrected Jesus.

The Gospel of John describes a poignant moment when the risen Jesus meets Mary Magdalene by herself and tells her to be the first person to announce the good news to all the male apostles who were hiding in fear.

In Gospels written by men in a time dominated by patriarchy, Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name practically more than any of the male apostles.

So…Mary Magdalene is obviously revered by Christians, right?

Not exactly.

First, she was wrongly portrayed as a prostitute.

After her prominence in the gospels, she somehow disappears in the rest of the new testament.

One thing we know for sure is that Mary Magdalene demonstrated how to be the most dedicated and persistent follower of Jesus.

Perhaps we should read the gospels again with a renewed interest in her example?

Something told her that despite her teacher’s death, there simply had to be something more.

The story could not have ended there.

In this time of a worldwide struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, may we turn to Mary Magdalene for inspiration as we put our faith in the power of Christ to transform the current darkness to light and new life.

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Listen to the song of the day “You’ll Lead Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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